008-‘Evaluate legal issues, policies and procedures relevant to the role and responsibilities of the teacher
Introduction By assuming the role of teacher, you automatically take on responsibility for your students. That responsibility is not only for their physical wellbeing but also their emotional needs too. Students need to feel safe in the learning environment and to be sure that you as the tutor are aware of anything with the potential to upset the atmosphere in the classroom and to have systems in place to prevent this.
“The teachers primary objective is to facilitate learning” Wallace( 2007:167 ). As a teacher within the transport and logistics sector, in order to meet this objective, I need to ensure that I am meeting and applying all relevant and current legal requirements. For example, the Highway Code (2007 p.4) states that “many of the rules in the code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence.” It is therefore essential that i am aware of current legislation to enable me to teach my students correct procedures. There are also other trade specific legislations and codes of practice with which i have a legal responsibility to adhere to. These would be specifically: Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 - This is a HSE approved code of practice which regulates the training on and use of lifting equipment, eg Fork lift trucks. Rider Operated Lift Trucks Operator Training (L117) – This is another approved code of practice which covers Lift truck operator training. These regulations and codes of practice are adhered to alongside other legislation which i must consider whenever putting a course together. PUWER 1998 (reg 9, i & ii) states that ‘any persons using self propelled mobile work equipment must have adequate training.’, so my primary thoughts are that each individual student gets that adequate training. The Health and Safety at work etc. Act 1974 is another very important...
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